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DELMONT (KDKA) – Residents around the area are cleaning up after a strong line of storms toppled trees and power lines Tuesday afternoon.
The storms moved through the area knocking out power and even prompting a couple of tornado warnings.
The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Greene County, near the area of Pine Bank. It happened during the height of the storms, around 4:23 p.m.
Officials surveying the damage say so far it is consistent with a tornado of at least high EF1 intensity, with winds 100-105 miles per hour.
A downburst was confirmed in Westmoreland County.
Delmont was one of the hardest hit areas, especially in the area of East Pittsburgh Street and Contact Place.
National Weather Service officials say downbursts are common this time of year, but residents said it was quite a sight.
A baseball field in Salem Township suffered heavy damage. The once pristine ball field was left littered with Mother Nature’s wrath.
The president of the Delmont Area Athletic Association said the damage will set back the fall baseball season for the kids.
“It ripped the roof off the dugout…It completely destroyed the other dugout, there’s fence posts bent over,” Sean Susick said.
Meanwhile, Jessica Carter’s backyard looked like a lake and her neighbors’ yards have a lot of damage as well, with three trees falling onto one woman’s roof.
Downed trees along Harrison City Road closed the road, which meant Carter’s daughter, Isabella, couldn’t get a special delivery for her first day of school today.
“Isabella over here was waiting for her backpack for her first day of school so she was a little upset that it wasn’t here. So, on my way home, I stopped at the post office and luckily they had her backpack there,” Carter said.
Residents will be contacting their insurance companies to see exactly what’s covered and what isn’t. They all say the good news is that no one was hurt.
As of 6 a.m., 1,807 West Penn Power customers were still without power. Roughly 501 to 1,500 of those outages are in the area of East Pittsburgh Street and Contact Place.
Crews are hoping to have power restored by 8 p.m.
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